The New York Yankees are the winningest franchise in baseball.
That is good, for obvious reasons, but also difficult for decision-makers because fans demand on-field success on a consistent basis.
When a franchise like the Yankees doesn’t win a World Series in 13 years (or even reach a Fall Classic, for that matter), fans will always criticize ownership and the front office.
Brian Cashman, the general manager, has been on the receiving end of criticism for years for some of his baseball-related decisions.
During his press conference today, Cashman addressed those critics with a controversial phrase.
“Brian Cashman says ‘process’ is more important than ‘results.’ I don’t remember anyone in the organization saying that from 1996-2012,” author Neil Keefe tweeted.
Brian Cashman says “process” is more important than “results.”
I don’t remember anyone in the organization saying that from 1996-2012.
— Neil Keefe (@NeilKeefe) November 4, 2022
From 1996 until 2012, the Yankees only missed the playoffs once, in 2008.
However, they won the World Series a year later.
Yankees Fans Are Getting Impatient
In 2010, George Steinbrenner died, and his sons Hal and Hank took over the team.
The Yankees weren’t good enough to make the playoffs in 2013 and 2014, surprisingly, and that’s probably why Keefe set the timeframe to 2012 with his tweet.
What Cashman wants to say is that it’s not worth mortgaging the team’s future and monetary resources to try to outspend everyone and trading the farm for MLB-ready players every year while looking for a championship.
It’s certainly understandable and even logical to some degree, but fans are also becoming impatient.
The process was supposed to start around 2016-2017, but the furthest the Yankees have gotten is the American League Championship Series.
Other teams like the Houston Astros, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Atlanta Braves have been ahead as of late.
It may be time to re-visit the “process.”